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More bears around town

Posted: September 21, 2011 - 12:02am

Last weekend was another big one for the bears. Department of Fish and Game biologist Ryan Scott said this is normal, although the heavy activity weekend was followed a bit of a dry spell for bear call-ins.

Most of the weekend’s activity was centered in Lemon Creek with some in the Valley and Auke Bay, plus more activity downtown.

“It was interesting that we had it pretty quiet for seven to nine days, then we had this little bump of activity,” said Scott.

Calls about black bear sightings came from various places, including the Lemon Creek corridor, the Jordan Creek area and around Auke Bay Harbor.

Another bear got into a residence above South Franklin Street near the Glory Hole. Scott said no one was home and there were no injuries reported. He said he advised the police to open the door to let the bear out, but it was already gone when they arrived.

Another bear got into a vehicle in the Highlands area early Monday morning.

“Pretty much across town, bears are still active and that’s still common,” he said

Scott said most of the staff has been out in various places in response to calls. No bears were caught.

Scott said he’ll be contacting a lot of the callers to help determine if these sighting were recurring events and to help identify what’s attracting the bears to those spots.

The Department reminds people to keep an eye on food and refuse issues that act as attractants to bears, especially at this time of year when they step up their food searches to prepare for winter.

• Contact reporter Jonathan Grass at 523-2276 or at jonathan.grass@juneauempire.com.

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